What do I learn?
You will be following the AQA specification
First year (AS)
• Unit 1: Pure Core 1
• Unit 2: Pure Core 2
• Unit 3: Statistics 1
Second year (A2)
• Unit 1: Pure Core 3
• Unit 2: Pure Core 4
• Unit 3: Statistics 2
What do I gain?
You will develop your understanding of mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence and fosters enjoyment; develop an understanding of coherence and progression in mathematics and of how different areas of mathematics can be connected; and you will extend your range of mathematical skills and techniques and use them in more difficult, unstructured problems.
You will lay down the skills necessary for further academic study:
You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about Higher Education and careers.
What do I need?
6 x C grades at GCSE including English and Maths. There are subject specific criteria for some subjects, for this subject you will need GCSE Mathematics grade A.
What do I gain?
With 3 A Levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at Degree level. A Levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes. An A Level in Maths will allow you access to university to study a BSc in Maths or a range of analytical subjects from Architecture to Zoology.
What else do I need to know?
Core text books: Pearson Longman ‘Advanced Maths AS Core for AQA’ by Emanuel & Wood (ISBN: 0582846315) and Heinemann ‘Advancing Maths for AQA 2nd edition – statistics 1’ by Williamson. You will also require a Scientific Calculator, something to write with and something to write on.
Formal assessment is through examinations in May/June. There will be a range of regular assignments, class quizzes, online assessments via the virtual learning environment and more formal assessments where you will gain personal feedback. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular advice on your progress in meeting these targets.